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Meet Jasmine, Girl Who Overcame Homelessness to Graduate Top Of Her Class

Cursory: A 17-year-old girl has shown that one can change their life depending on their life choices. The young lady overcame a lot of things that would break most people at a young age but still managed to make it out and come out to the top and become her school valedictorian. People who are close to the brilliant young lady have praised her fortitude and optimistic spirit.

A brilliant young lady who hopes to be a medical doctor and keep inspiring her younger brother has shown that we should not let our life experiences stop us from becoming who we want to be.

According to reports, her family had earlier lost their house to fire four years ago which led them to being homeless.

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Jasmine Mazard-Larry recently gave her valedictory speech, an honor she received courtesy of her 8.07 GPA.

When the house fire occurred, her mother was nine months pregnant with her baby brother at the time and her father became severely injured from the incident.

The strong-willed student did not let the unfortunate incidents deter her academic journey. She immediately enrolled in Mazard-Larry and began to attend Dr. Kiran C. Patel High School in Tampa, Florida.

She managed to thrive in her new environment, even taking Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses. Mazard-Larry also joined the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education program, all of which helped boost her GPA.

She had a really rough journey, because homelessness was not the only challenge she faced. Mazard-Larry has ADHD and suffers from hearing loss, two things she initially viewed as weaknesses.

In an interview with ABC News, she said, “I was a little embarrassed. I didn’t really talk about it that much to a lot of people.”

Still her mother, Nidta Mazarin, swears that she is a source of inspiration and a stronghold in her life.“Her behavior could have changed because of a lot of things that she was already going through, but instead, she used that as a light to help me because I almost died giving birth to my son,” she told ABC News.

“She’s been my light. She’s been my rock,” Mazard continued.“I just love her so much because she’s inspired me to be a better mother and a better person.”

Mazard-Larry’s mother isn’t the only one who had glowing things to say about her and her GPA. Marlee Strawn, the principal of Dr. Kiran C. Patel High School also discussed Mazard-Larry’s drive and commitment.

“She had this goal of being top in her class, and ultimately she met it. She dealt with a really difficult situation, and … she didn’t allow it to stop her from meeting her goals,” says Strawn.

Mazard-Larry’s next goal is to attend college and become a doctor, says,

“There’s the good and the bad, but don’t overlook the bad because it makes you who you are,” she says to ABC News.

“In 20 [or] 10 years from now, you’re going to look back and be like, ‘I did that.

Source: BlackEnterprise

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